Inquisition was referred to only as an example that Christian religion can be used just as badly as Muslim religion often is, that the difference between the two is not as big as some wish it to be. It's a great thing that current leaders are so moderate that there actually are no Christian countries anymore (except for maybe Vatican), but rather countries ruled by secular rules, even if the majority of the population is Christians.
Originally Posted by Ian-T
I think this has been said many times, but Hitler was a Christian (though some say less so in private than in public), and Germany was a country with a Christian majority in the 40's just like it is today. Christian rhetoric was used to justify what was done to the Jews. Nazi Germany was built on Christian moral, he said (bolds mine).
their version of a religion-free utopia, Adolf Hitler,
"My feeling as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded only by a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them and who, God's truth! was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter. In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and adders. How terrific was his fight against the Jewish poison. Today, after two thousand years, with deepest emotion I recognize more profoundly than ever before the fact that it was for this that He had to shed his blood upon the Cross. As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice."
"The National Government will regard it as its first and foremost duty to revive in the nation the spirit of unity and co-operation. It will preserve and defend those basic principles on which our nation has been built. It regards Christianity as the foundation of our national morality, and the family as the basis of national life."
"Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord."
Well, if you were adamant that moon was cheese, you'd say the same thing to us moon-rockists ;-)
It's funny how Christians are accused of not being able to think for themselves yet the information you put out seems like it's carved out of the same "atheist rant and rave handbook."
No. As i've tried to say earlier, my worries are more in using religion as a basis for laws, education etc. I'm not too worried about terrorism to be honest, be that muslim, christian, atheist or whatever brand, largely because of where i happen to live of course. And no, your personal beliefs do not threaten me in any way.
You say you are threatened because of religion? You mean I have that much power over you because I'm "religious?" Why? The Middle East terrorism?
Yep, that's mostly true. Especially the terror acts in war zone are probably much more about politics than religion, even if the two are intertwained.
I have you know 99% of the terrorism that goes on in that region is NOT religiously motivated (regardless of what some news source wants to brainwash you with). That's right...I said the unthinkable. lol Truth is the motivation behind terrorism is just good ol' NATIONALISM!!
As far as nationalism goes, i tend to think nations are overrated. Sure, it's nice to belong to a club, but in many ways it's pretty silly that there are borders at all.
Yep, as far as the leaders are concerned. But the terrorists themselves pretty often have strong religious beliefs, and they see their acts as holy deeds.
Religion is basically just a subcomponent of nationalism. Just about all these terrorist leaders are secular non-religious tyrants who use religious rhetoric to stir up and terrorize both secualr and religious individuals. In most cases this is done in areas that are "occupied" by foreigners.
My impression: Saddam wasn't, Laden was.
Your Osama Bin Ladens and Saddam Hussains are (or were) no more religious than Bob Sanders is Presbyterian...lol
BTW, As unpleasant as Saddam and his regime were, by definition he was the leader of a country, not a terrorist.